Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev: Does Pulev Have a Chance?

Klitschko Pulev Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images
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This Saturday night, in the spectacular 02 World Arena in Germany, Bulgarian hard man Kubrat Pulev puts his undefeated record on the line. Pulev aims to accomplish what many before him have failed to do; dethrone the everlasting ruler of the Heavyweight division, Wladimir Klitschko.

It is obvious that Pulev has an astronomical task on his hands if he is to defeat the good doctor, who in turn is showing no signs of loosening his steely grip.

Many pundits believe the 33-year-old Pulev is capable of providing the biggest threat to Klitschko’s reign in a long time. The Bulgarian has looked impressive in building up his 20 fight unblemished record, proving that he most definitely belongs at this level.

Still, Pulev has never shared a ring with someone of Klitschko’s caliber and on Saturday night he will have it all to do. However, the Ukrainian champion has fought sub par opponents recently, forcing the boxing faithful to endure some of the most predictable and worst ring action to be witnessed since boxing was established.

Nevertheless, the 38 year old IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Champion deserves a lot of credit due to his ability to keep his once suspect chin out of harms way to go undefeated in twenty fights spanning more than a decade. 

We can pray though, that Pulev can actually put up a fight against Dr. Steelhammer and derail his run of performances that has seen the iconic Heavyweight division dramatically fall from grace. On the other hand, there is always a chance that we could be forced to suffer another 12 painstaking rounds from hell.

So if you are waiting for a back-and-fourth tussle on Saturday night that will be remembered for years to come, do not hold your breath.  

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